Formulation 1 says it has “plenty of choices” obtainable to it to switch the Australian Grand Prix, which has been canceled for the second yr operating.
November’s race in Melbourne has been called off as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia, with authorities journey restrictions making it logistically not possible to decide to the occasion. F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali says it’s a disgrace to lose what’s normally the season-opener, however that the hole within the calendar will nonetheless be stuffed.
“Whereas it’s disappointing we gained’t be racing in Australia this season, we’re assured we are able to ship a 23 race season in 2021 and we have now plenty of choices to take ahead to switch the place left vacant by the Australian Grand Prix,” Domenicali mentioned. “We might be working by means of the main points of these choices within the coming weeks and can present additional updates as soon as these discussions are concluded.”
One of many choices obtainable to Formulation 1 is so as to add one other race within the Center East – doubtless utilizing Bahrain’s outer circuit – to type a tripleheader to complete the season as in 2020. That might additionally give an additional week’s respiration house after the tripleheader of USA-Mexico-Brazil, with the Brazilian Grand Prix particularly wanting unsure.
Ought to both of Mexico or Brazil not occur, then there stays the potential of two races being held at Circuit of the Americas. Nevertheless, it stays to be seen if F1 will choose to easily slot in one other standalone occasion on the unique Australian date of November 21.
The cancellation of Australia means no house race for Daniel Ricciardo, and the McLaren driver says the entire grid will miss the journey to Melbourne this yr.
“It’s an enormous disappointment for the entire drivers that we gained’t be coming right down to Australia in November, however we perceive the explanations,” Ricciardo mentioned. “For me personally, I can’t wait to have the prospect to race at house once more, and it’ll be even sweeter once we do as a result of it’s been so lengthy. Fingers crossed issues can change for 2022 and we get to see the superior followers at Albert Park once more and placed on an excellent present for them.”